Wales Coast Path Menai Bridge to Aberdaron
8 nights, 7 days walking package
Day 1: Arrival to Bangor station. Pick up and transfer to first night’s accommodation on Anglesey.
Day 2: Menai Bridge to Caernarfon 9 miles. (14.5 km) Cross the Straits back to the mainland via Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge. Follow the banks of the Menai Straits to Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge. The path takes you inland through woodland on the Faenol Estate to the largest village in Gwynedd, Y Felinheli (formerly known as Portdinorwic, the port which exported the slate from the nearby Dinorwig quarry). At the far end of the village you join the Lon Las Cymru cycle-path all the way to walled town of Caernarfon with its castle. Caernarfon is the stronghold of the Welsh language – you can listen to the locals at the numerous pubs and restaurants within the town.
Day 3: Caernarfon to Clynnogfawr. 13 miles (21 km).
Cross over the Seiont River to the Foryd, which is a partially enclosed intertidal bay on the Menai Strait. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted here including Mute Swans, Oystercatchers, Curlews and Little Egrets. The path diverts inland before returning to the coast at Dinas Dinlle Beach. Inland again along country roads ending at Clynnog Fawr where you can visit the Church of St. Beuno. For centuries the church has been an assembly point for pilgrims especially to Bardsey Island. Its importance and status as a “portionary” church saved it from Henry VIII’s dissolution. Pick up and transfer back to Caernarfon.
Day 4: Clynnogfawr to Trefor 9.5 miles (15km)
If you haven’t visited the previous day, make sure you visit the church and the holy well of St. Beuno before you leave the village. The WCP continues parallel to the road to Grib Goch. However, there is an alternative following the base of Bwlch Mawr Mountain before arriving at the pretty village of Trefor at the foot of Yr Eifl (Rivals) with its quaint little beach and harbour. Transfer to accommodation in Nefyn area.
Day 5: Trefor to Morfa Nefyn 10 miles (16km)
This walk takes you to Tre’r Ceiri (Town of the Giants), which is considered the best preserved Iron Age hill fort in Wales. It contains the remains of 150 huts mostly dating back to the Roman period. The path takes you into Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh Language Heritage Centre. The day ends at Morfa Nefyn and your accommodation.
Day 6: Morfa Nefyn to Tudweiliog 8.5 miles (13.8 km)
From Morfa Nefyn make your way across the golf course to quench your thirst at the famous Tŷ Coch Inn, the award winning pub right on the beach. Onwards over undulating cliffs with an abundance of wild flowers and a good spot for sighting seals. Walk directly to your accommodation at Tudweiliog.
Day 7: Tudweiliog to Porthor (Oer) 11 miles (17.8km)
Wide and isolated sandy beaches, numerous places to explore today as you cross various inlets starting with the word “Porth” (small bay or cove). Porth Colmon, Porth Ysgaden, Porth Gwylan and Porthor (Oer) or Whistling Sands. The English name is derived from the squeak or whistle emitted by the peculiar shaped sand particles being rubbed together when walked on in warm weather. Transport to your accommodation at Aberdaron.
Day 8: Porthor (Oer) to Aberdaron. 9.5 miles. (15 km)
A steady climb over cliffs and moorland up to Mynydd Anelog Mountain and Mynydd Mawr with superb views over the entire Llŷn Peninsula. Bardsey Island will be in sight as you descend to the most westerly village on the peninsula, Aberdaron with the church of St. Hywyn’s overlooking the beach.
Day 9: Departure Pick up and transfer to Bangor station.
Price: £615 per person (sharing)